A Trouble-free Playground

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Lee Road Elementary students (from left) Olivia Schwint, Danica O’Leary and Amelia Voutsinas were excited to try new PlayFit games.
Lee Road Elementary students (from left) Olivia Schwint, Danica O’Leary and Amelia Voutsinas were excited to try new PlayFit games.

Catch 5, Guard the Cookie Jar and Drop 21 were just three new recess games introduced to students at Lee Road School in the Levittown School District that will not only entertain, but assist them in the development of social and emotional skill development and teach students responsibility for their actions. The program, called PlayFit, was introduced by creator Curt Hinson, who was on hand prior to the opening of the school year for professional development and to implement a trouble-free playground.

PlayFit creator Curt Hinson instructed Lee Road Elementary School students on how to play Dr. Recess Kickball.
PlayFit creator Curt Hinson instructed Lee Road Elementary School students on how to play Dr. Recess Kickball.

Hinson explained that the trouble-free playground is based on self-responsibility, intrinsic motivation and inclusion, and helps students develop social/emotional skills to get along. Recess becomes “productive free time” and a valued, educational part of the day, as well as an opportunity for students to continue games without constant supervision.

“The goal is to get as many kids active at recess as possible and make them intrinsically engaged,” said Hinson.

Principal Anthony Goss explained that the physical education teachers will implement the principles in class, and the games will be provided at recess throughout the year.

—Submitted by the
Levittown School District

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